VICTORY: College Board Will Re-Write US History Exam to Make it More Pro-American

by Warner Todd Huston | August 5, 2015 1:06 pm

Over the last few years the College Board, which writes tests for advanced placement high school classes, had come under fire for pushing a US History test that never mentioned most of the founders, called capitalism evil, and criticized the US as a racist nation where people were oppressed. Now, after much criticism, those tests have been re-written to return the founders to prominence and to correct the far, far left hate speech against the USA that was in the test.

The liberals had written these tests to undermine patriotism and to disparage the USA. But many schools and parents began to complain that the hate for the USA was just too much. Now those complaints[1] have born fruit.

The College Board, which writes the test that much of the nation’s advanced placement course lessons are based on, last week issued a new course and exam description that has more focus on the positive role of the framers, America’s effort to rid the world of the Nazi threat during World War II and how entrepreneurs transformed the world’s most dynamic economy. Those points of emphasis are expected next year to replace the previous test questions, which some historians and teachers say took a negative view of the U.S.

“The result is a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history,” the College Board announced Thursday.

While the College Board can’t directly dictate what is taught in high school Advanced Placement classes, by writing the test that half a million college-bound students take each year it strongly influences the curriculum crafted by teachers. The previous version created an uproar because it focused on racial and cultural divisions in America instead of a collective American identity, and left out unifying figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King. The new version mentions those men and also includes sections on a unified American identity — plus more focus on America’s founders and founding documents.

The sections on America’s divisions and problems remain, but now exist alongside positive points about America.

One historian who led the charge for the revision said the new version is much better, but not perfect.

“The College Board scrubbed from last year’s document the more obnoxious expressions of bias against America, against capitalism, and against whites,” Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, told

This is a positive, but not perfect, outcome.

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